Greed, hubris, and religious fanaticism -- the stuff of empires past, or a description of America's current elected leaders? We talk to former Republican strategist Kevin Phillips, author of "American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century." Also, we speak with Nick Cron-De Vico, winner of the "Report it Now" high school journalism contest sponsored by the makers of "Good Night, and Good Luck." Plus, what... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, Republican, Religion, Oil, journalism, Rumsfeld, torture, Guantanamo,...
What's the real story on Iran's nuclear ambitions? Former United Nations weapons inspector David Albright takes the threat very seriously. "How many countries are going to fall on their sword to get a nuclear power plant?" he asks. However, Albright also says there's still time for a solution based on diplomacy rather than military intervention. Plus, your occasional sleepless nights have become a jackpot for drug companies. The past year has seen a boom in marketing for sleeping pill... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, UN, capitalism, david albright, drug companies, military, nuclear...
Mother Jones Washington bureau chief James Ridgeway thinks Capitol Hill is overdue for the next blockbuster investigation. In his article "Sweet Subpoena," he outlines nine different issues Congress should investigate -- if it ever gets the guts. He tells us that Congress should check out "who's being surveilled, when did it start, what's the purpose of this, who's involved, and so on." Find out what other investigations top his list. Also, Middle East correspondent David... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Lebanon, politics, Mexico, border
This week on Mother Jones Radio, guest hosts Peter Laufer and Mother Jones publisher Jay Harris make campaign finance interesting. How can we get real people like you to run for public office? How can we keep politicians from being tied to special interests? Nick Nyhart, director of Public Campaign, tells us how. Plus, Mother Jones contributor John Sugg gives us a glimpse into the Christian Reconstruction movement, which wants the United States to go back to Old Testament law. The... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, campaign finance, politicians, Christian
"End of Oil" author Paul Roberts talks about rising oil and gas prices, and what they mean for consumers and politicians. Are cheap oil prices ever coming back? "No," he says bluntly. "We'll see prices spike and probably drop occasionally, but the average price of oil is very likely going to remain much higher than it's been for the past two decades." Plus, we speak with Craig Williams, one of the winners of the 2006 Goldman environmental awards. Williams'... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, Oil, peak oil, environmental, chemical weapons, immigrants
An 18-minute interview with linguist George Lakoff, author of "Whose Freedom?: The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea." This is a longer version of the interview originally broadcast on Mother Jones Radio's July 23, 2006 show.
McKenzie Funk tells us the story of one falsely accused "enemy combatant" who spent almost two years at Guantanamo. Funk tells us how a young man selling pencils on the streets of Peshawar found himself bound, gagged, and on a plane to Cuba. Funk tells us about the detainee's worst week at Guantanamo. "They put him in what he calls the 'metal box'," says Funk. "It was a small metal box with some sort of metal coil in the roof...it was completely sealed. There was a... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, politics, detainee, Guantanamo
No matter what the administration says, it is using chemical weapons in Iraq, including white phosphorus. Another U.S. weapon in Iraq is so vicious the victims are buried in shoeboxes, says our Iraq correspondent David Enders. Also, documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald says the tide may be turning against Wal-Mart. Even small, conservative towns are voting the predatory giant out. Leo Hindery, author of "It Takes a CEO," explains how other large retailers are doing a better job of... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, chemical weapons, iraq, wal-mart, white phosphorous
Three decades ago, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's "dirty warriors" tortured Hector Salgado. Now he's tracking them down -- with a camera crew. Salgado tells guest host Peter Laufer about his campaign to confront his abusers face-to-face, and the documentary he's making about the process. As he told Mother Jones magaine, "I’m not going there to beat anyone up. I’m not going to destroy anything. I’m going to confront them with the truth." Also, we talk with Merry... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, Augusto Pinochet, torture, Iraq, war, Peter Singer, vegan, vegetarian, Bush, CIA
The White House finally admitted this week that prisoners at Guantanamo have civil rights. We talk to Joseph Margulies, the lead attorney in one case that broke Bush's unconstitutional stance. Margulies is also the author of "Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power." Also, former U.S. senator Gary Hart joins the fight against the radical religious right with his book "God And Caesar in America." He tells us that not only is the church a danger to the state -- the... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Guantanamo, Indian
On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, are we really making progress against terrorism? We speak with Matt Brzezinski, author of "Fortress America: An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State," about the Bush administration's mixed record on fighting terrorism. Plus, if George Bush won't enact emission caps to fight global warming, Arnold Schwarzenegger will. The Union of Concerned Scientists' Jason Mark looks into how the state of California is stepping up to fight global warming --... Topics: terrorism, Bush, Schwarzenegger, global warming, military contractors, Chicago
Finally, military families' protest against the Iraq war has moved into the headlines. One bereaved mother camped out near George Bush's Texas ranch has helped focus attention on families' dissatisfaction with the war. Does Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford mean a turning point for America? Mother Jones Radio talks to Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-California), gets a live update from Baghdad correspondent David Enders, and checks in with veterans and military families who oppose the war. Host... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, iraq, military, Cindy Sheehan, anti-war
Jeff Goodell, author of "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future," has a reality check for George Bush on this week's show: "The idea of coal as an alternative fuel is hilarious. There is nothing alternative about coal. It's the rock that fueled the industrial revolution." Also, we meet Mother Jones' new Washington bureau chief James Ridgeway, fresh from the Village Voice. We check in with Mother Jones correspondent Ken Miller, whose article in the current... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, coal, iraq, alaska
What does it take to recover from Katrina? Leadership, fortitude, and maybe the skills you pick up playing Grand Theft Auto. "We simply took over warehouses, broke into them, hot-wired people's forklifts and started unloading trucks left and right," says Connie Moran, the mayor of tiny Ocean Spring, Mississippi. Plus, we talk with Malik Rahim, founder of a community health clinic that sprung up in the wake of the hurricane, serving poor residents for free. Writer Tim Shorrock tells us... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, grand theft auto, hurricane, katrina, new orleans
The Republican spin machine conveniently ignores that many critics of the war are veterans themselves. Right-wing spinsters have badmouthed former servicemembers like John Kerry, John Murtha, and Max Cleland. So why does Iraq veteran and Democratic Senate hopeful Paul Hackett seem immune to their bashing? Hackett joins us in our San Francisco studio to tell us how he sees it. Also this week, we talk with journalist Mark Levine about the Paris riots. Law professor Vikram Amar weighs in on the... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, iraq, john kerry, privacy, riots, Paul Hackett, , John Murtha,...
Independent journalist Dahr Jamail is reporting for Mother Jones from southern Lebanon. He talks with us about the latest political developments in the current Middle East conflict, and tells us what things look like on the ground. Also, is the Bush administration looking for good intelligence on Iran -- or for faulty intelligence that will support an invasion? We talk to Laura Rozen, whose recent article exposed how several U.S. officials sought bad intelligence from a known liar who played a... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, politics
How do blogs affect politics, and how will that change in years to come? We probe the power of blogs as a progressive force -- how can they cause real political change? We hear from media analyst Jay Rosen, author of the blog PressThink. And we talk to Connecticut Democrat Ned Lamont, who's taking on Joe Lieberman in the Senate primary. Lamont's campaign has gained steam with help from blogs -- including his own. Plus, blogger Glenn Greenwald talks about his new book, "How Would a Patriot... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, blog, politics
Chris Mooney talks about his new book, "The Republican War on Science." Why does everything from the food pyramid to global warming go through the political spin cycle before it gets to you? Mooney tells us which politicians are trying to obscure real science in favor of lies and half-truths -- and it's not always who you think. He gives us tips for cutting through the spin. Plus, Diane Wilson, author of "An Unreasonable Woman." She tells us how being... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, civil disobediance, global warming, spin, activist,social justice,...
This week, the fight over global warming went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Bush administration says greenhouse gases don't pollute. Twelve states and multiple environmental groups say they do – and that they must be regulated. We check in with Natural Resources Defense Council's lead counsel for the case, David Doniger. Plus, Sridhar Pappu tells us about his new Mother Jones article, "Lou Dobbs Turns on the CEOs." Sara Shipley Hiles and Marina Walker Guevara expose how one... Topics: global warming, greenhouse gases, outsourcing pollution, Lou Dobbs, Bush administration, exonerated
This season's first tropical storm was just announced off the Gulf Coast. Is New Orleans ready? Sue Sturgis of the Institute for Southern Studies says no. The institute's new report details how far behind the region is in preparing for the next big hurricane or storm. Also, progressive independent journalist Greg Palast explains why George Bush likes expensive oil. Palast says thet Bush likes it so much, he's turned down much cheaper stuff. Plus, former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Bush, oil, border, immigration, New Orleans
London is attacked from within, and Peter Bergen is not surprised. Over a year ago, the acclaimed Al Qaeda expert told Mother Jones readers that jihadist attacks would be more frequent and worse because of the war in Iraq. This week, he tells about the bombings and what else may be in store. Plus, Washington correspondent Michael Scherer describes his trip to the Arizona border to report on the anti-immigration Minutemen. Minutemen leader Chris Simcox gives us a glimpse into the mind of someone... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, al-qaeda, immigration, iraq, jihad, minutemen, jihad, civil rights,...
Did the founding fathers intend for America to be a Christian nation? No, says Mother Jones writer Susan Jacoby. The founders purposefully created the world's first secular government. Learn what the religious right doesn't want you to know about the Constitution and its authors' thoughts on religion. Plus, opponents of the death penalty have gained a powerful ally: Catholics. How many of them oppose the death penalty, and what are they doing about it? We speak with Mother Jones writer Sara... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, death penalty, founding fathers, Christian, church and state,...
On Christmas day, Mother Jones Radio brings you a touch of sanity in the midst of your holiday craziness. Join us for a sermon from Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping; a righteous gift list from political satirist Will Durst; and a Mother Jones glimpse of American spending and giving with editor Clara Jeffery. Also, we'll hear from the nation's first lobbyist for athiests, Lori Lipman Brown, and from the president of the Center for the New American Dream, Betsy Taylor. Plus, we hear... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, american dream, christmas, political satire
David Brock of press watchdog Media Matters turns a critical eye on the New York Times. Since the Times broke the story of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretaps, almost no one's been happy. Conservatives like Ann Coulter call the paper the "Treason Times;" progressives question why the story wasn't released sooner. Who's right? And what's the inside story behind the paper's decision to hold the scoop? Also, Republican congressman Walter B. Jones has radically changed... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, wiretap, Bush, Iraq
Increasing number of American soldiers are speaking out against the Iraq war. Peter Laufer talks about his new book, "Mission Rejected," which tells the stories of some of those soldiers. Also, artifical reproductive technologies have created a glut of unused frozen embryos -- 500,000 and rising. What should parents and the medical establishment do with them? Mother Jones correspondent Liza Mundy investigates. Plus, how do Americans use and abuse power over each other in everyday... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Iraq, embryo
This week, we get to the roots of the conflict caused by the Danish Mohammed cartoons. We speak with Leena El-Ali, director of the Muslim-Western relations program at Search for Common Ground. Plus, we investigate the growing list of officials who have resigned or been pushed out by the Bush administration. TomDispatch.com editor Nick Turse tells us why the list is so large - 243 and growing. Also, we put President Clinton's economic advisor in the hot seat. Gene Sperling is the author of... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, cartoons, cheney, democratic party, iraq, war veterans
If you like your news served up like fast-food Nuggets, Morey's Minute is sure to satisfy. Host Morey Meniscus (Yes, you've seen his byline in WeekTime magazine) is keenly aware that his next big scoop might be just around the corner, whether he knows it or not. With an established insider status that could only come from years of work as a cog in the Washington press machine, Morey has truly earned his reputation as a Mainstream reporter with a capital M! Yessir, when Morey approaches the... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, politics, Morey, Meniscus
This week, we take a critical look at BS in politics and in our daily lives. Angie talks first to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman about the BS surrounding the Karl Rove investigation. He tells us he's learned that "if you say two plus two equals four, and that happens to be inconvenient for the Bush administration, then instantly you are a villain, a partisan hack and probably corrupt, and have questionable sexual practices." Next, Angie talks to Laura Penny, the author of... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, cartoons, karl rove, Paul Krugman, New York Times, Mark Fiore
This week, we debut our special coverage on the future of the world's oceans. We talk with Julia Whitty, whose article "Fate of the Ocean" shows how humans are pushing seas to the brink. Whitty weighs in on what humans can do to reverse the massive ecological changes we've put in place. Plus, how did Achmed Chalabi con the New York Times into believing Saddam was training foreign fighters to hijack airplanes? He presented them with a defecting Iraqi "general" -- who turns... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, environment, hijack, iraq
How will former CIA head Robert Gates' turn as defense secretary affect Iraq and the military? We hear from CIA veteran and military expert Mel Goodman. Also, we check in with the NAACP's Anurima Bhargava about the affirmative action cases the Supreme Court is now weighing. Plus, the new documentary "King Leopold’s Ghost" is a vivid look the Congo's colonial past, and how the country's history contributes to its current problems. We speak with actor James Cromwell, who lends his... Topics: Robert Gates, CIA, defense secretary, Iraq, military, affirmative action, Supreme Court, Congo,...
This week's show: Representative John Conyers talks to us about Iraq and political corruption. With the bribery charges swirling around Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, can the Democrats continue to claim the political high road? Next, we meet Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager whose story inspired the movie "Hotel Rwanda." He weighs in about his new book and the current situation in Darfur. Plus: The directors of "The War Tapes" gave cameras to five American soldiers... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Iraq, politics, Darfur
What has the political saga around Hurricane Katrina taught politicians, the media, and American citizens? When even Fox News reporters are angrily condemning the government's response, will the Bush administration retain any credibility? Judd Legum of the Center for American Progress' "Progress Report" discusses the media's coverage of FEMA's failure. University of Texas-Austin professor Robert Jensen, talks about race and the media in the wake of Katrina, whose victims in New... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, 9-11, FEMA, bush, fox news, hurricane, katrina, military, new...
We talk to linguist George Lakoff, who argues that conservatives and liberals have very different definitions of the word "freedom." "There is a radically different and frightening notion of what extremists on the right call 'freedom' shaping our culture and our political life," he warns. Lakoff talks about the right's use of the word and decodes a July 7 statement by George Bush on "freedom" in Iraq. We also hear from Harlan Ullman of the Center for Strategic and... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, blog, politics
Investigative reporter Robert Dreyfuss exposes the causes of the developing tension between Iran and the US. "The problem is that you are dealing with two regimes run by fundamentalists: one ours and the other theirs." Plus, we talk sex with Christina Page, author of "How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America." She argues that fundamentalist movements -- be they anti-gay or anti-choice -- have one thing in common: They're anti-sex. Then, Mother Jones deputy editor Clara... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, NSA, bush, human trading
This week, we look at dissent within the Republican party and the military. First up, Republican leadership is divided over torture and the Geneva Conventions. Human Rights Watch's Joanne Mariner helps us sort out which congressional Republicans have stood up against the Bush administration's torture policies -- and why. "I think it's very relevant that the three Republicans who are fighting the Bush administration's approach are the three Republicans with probably the closest ties to the... Topics: Republican, Geneva Conventions, Human Rights, Bush, Iraq, Democrats, congress
Mother Jones contributor Robert Dreyfuss argues that the Bush administration's conflict with Iran has little to do with nukes, and a lot to do with empire-building. "You have to wonder why the Middle East is always the center of so much attention when it's such a big world out there. It *might* have something to do with the fact that two-thirds of the world's oil comes from the Persian Gulf." Next, Rolling Stone contributing editor Tim Dickinson says that Bush's support of an anti-gay... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, election, media, gay marriage, Iran
Iran's announcement last week that it has enriched uranium upped the stakes on the international non-proliferation effort. Secretary of state Rice pushed the U.N. this to take "strong steps" against Iran, while a New Yorker article argued that the Bush administration has long planned to invade the country. We talk to the son of the deposed shah of Iran. Reza Pahlavi now lives in the United States, but to many Iranians, he is in fact an exiled leader. Also, Middle East correspondent... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, environment, greenpeace, iraq, uranium
We begin this week with an update on events in Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East. University of San Francisco politics professor and peace and justice studies chair Stephen Zunes brings us up to date on the latest turmoil, including the assassination of a Christian cabinet minister in Lebanon. Plus, Mother Jones' current issue has a special focus on corporate social responsibility. While some companies are simply "greenwashing" their images by making minor changes to their... Topics: Lebanon, Middle East, greenwashing, corporate social responsibility, Interface, conservatives,...
This long Fourth of July weekend, we give thanks to the labor movement for bringing us weekends and holidays. But have today's unions lost all their power? Angie Coiro talks to journalist JoAnn Wypijewski, who writes about the labor movement's current crisis in the July/August issue of Mother Jones. Former UAW executive board member Jerry Tucker tells us why a much-ballyhooed shakeup at the AFL-CIO might just be "rearranging deck chairs on a ship that may or may not be sinking."... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, labor movement, unions, AFL-CIO, UAW, Longshoremen, workaholic
Mother Jones' special oceans cover story exposed the problems facing the world's seas. So how about some solutions? The "Ocean Champions," two longtime ocean advocates, specialize in solving the oceans' dilemmas. Plus, Bruce Franklin explains how a football tycoon took George H.W. Bush's oil company and used it to declare war on the fish that built America. Also, 2002 Time Person of the Year Coleen Rowley is the plainspoken FBI whistleblower who exposed the agency's failure to act... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, 9-11, bush, iraq, pacifism, whistleblower